Cycling in Auckland will be a key contributor to improving travel options and increasing reliability across the transport network. With a focus on liveability and sustainability, Auckland Transport, Auckland Council and the NZ Transport Agency are working together to create a future where anyone can feel comfortable riding a bike. It will start with building a network of safe cycle routes that create greater freedom of movement and better places.
With a 20% increase in cyclist journeys and a 43% increase in the morning peak cycling count since 2011, cycling has become a transport mode of choice for an increasing number of people in Auckland, whether it’s to get to work, to school or to the local shops.
In response to this trend and to encourage more people to cycle, the next three years will see a focus on delivering key sections of the Auckland Cycle Network with new infrastructure and improved existing facilities.
The Urban Cycleways Fund will accelerate the programme and help to deliver safe facilities in the city centre, key corridors to the east and west as well as integrating cycling facilities with the New Lynn and Glen Innes public transport interchanges.
Wider cycling investment will also be made as part of the Southern Motorway, the Northern Corridor and the Western Ring Route (including Waterview). Cycling facilities will also be constructed as part of major road projects, eg the Te Atatu Road Upgrade.
Education and promotional programmes will be progressed further to support any large scale infrastructure programmes. These will encourage more people to cycle more often, to more places, more safely.
The NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Transport have confirmed a 10-year investment programme for cycling in Auckland.
This city centre package of separated cycleways and intersection treatments will connect key parts of Auckland’s central city, including Quay Street and the waterfront, Karangahape Road and Upper Queen Street, and a number of east-west connections. The cycleways will also connect with the city’s other key cycling corridors and link workplaces, shops, schools and tertiary institutes within the central city.
Particular attention will be paid to intersections and junctions so that people who cycle will experience a safer and more comfortable journey through the city centre.
This package will provide a safer and more connected cycling network throughout the city centre, with a variety of routes that are largely separated from traffic and pedestrians. The package will link the inner suburbs with the central city and provide more transport choice for Aucklanders coming into the city centre, whether for work, leisure, study or shopping. It is primarily aimed at people living within 5–8km of the city centre.
The eastern connections to city centre package of improvements includes the Glen Innes to Tamaki shared path, the eastern waterfront city connection and the Parnell routes (Newmarket to Strand). This will include a mix of separated and on-road cycle facilities resulting in an additional 10.8km of the Auckland Cycle Network.
These projects will provide safer and more direct routes for people to cycle from the eastern suburbs into the city centre. The separated cycling routes will offer an attractive and comfortable route, and encourage people to cycle to work, school, public transport hubs, and recreationally.
There are 14.6km of additional separated cycling facilities in the western connections to city centre package. These will complete connections from the western suburbs to the city centre, forming a connected network of high quality cycle facilities through Central Auckland. These facilities will connect residents to workplaces and education centres, shops and cafes. They will link to the Waterview shared path and provide improved links to the existing north western cycleway.
The completion of links within this key cycling corridor will provide a safer and more direct route to the city centre for residents from the west. It will improve the overall connectivity of Auckland’s cycling network, and improve transport options for people wanting to commute by bike through the city, including Wintec students. These separated cycling facilities will improve the safety of people who cycle by providing routes that are separate from vehicles and pedestrians, therefore reducing the likelihood of collisions.
This package will incorporate 4.7km of local cycleway connections to the New Lynn and Glen Innes public transport interchanges. It will provide links from schools and growing residential areas to public transport, in particular to trains. The New Lynn connection will comprise a high quality route along the rail corridor that will connect New North Road to New Lynn. The Glen Innes connection will provide local feeder routes from the transport hub to nearby suburbs and schools, and through to the Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI) area.
These projects will improve the safety and connectivity of the cycling network around New Lynn and Glen Innes, providing separation from traffic and connections to rail stations, employment and education centres and other key destinations. These links will encourage people to cycle to public transport hubs, where the distance to their destination is not attractive for cycling the entire length. The projects will provide more attractive options for people to cycle to various destinations, and will help to increase the numbers of people choosing to cycle.
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